Friday, June 23, 2006

Scientists make robot dogs smarter, cuter

From The Engineer Online:

"What has been achieved at Sony shows that the technology gives the robot the ability to develop its own language with which to describe its environment and interact with other AIBOs. It sees a ball and it can tell another one where the ball is, if it’s moving and what colour it is, and the other is capable of recognising it," Nolfi said.

The most important aspect is how it learns to communicate and interact. Whereas we humans use the word 'ball' to refer to a ball, the AIBO dogs start from scratch to develop common agreement on a word to use to refer the ball. They also develop the language structures to express, for instance, that the ball is rolling to the left. The researchers achieved this through instilling their robots with a sense of 'curiosity.'

And once the Teacher Aibo shows the Student Aibo how to do it's trick, Teacher nuzzles Student's tummy with his adorable, wet, puppy nose.

1 comment:

Justin said...

No more robot dogs for you...two years!